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Electrical engineering consultant specializing in microcontrollers and the circuitry around them. Master of engineering in EE from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1980.

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Dec
18
answered If lost in the wilderness, what is the first thing I should do?
Dec
18
revised How much heat can a candle lantern provide while winter camping?
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Dec
18
answered How much heat can a candle lantern provide while winter camping?
Dec
16
answered What is the proper way to tarp tent to avoid condensation?
Dec
15
answered Is it dangerous to sleep in a tent alone in a forest in -20?
Dec
14
answered Moose: How to decrease the risk of being injured?
Dec
13
awarded  Necromancer
Dec
13
comment Trail maintenance: what is considered inappropriate when maintaining a trail?
I'm not getting what you are trying to convey by not looking too hard in a national park.
Dec
13
comment Are there any exceptions to the layer principle?
@Mr.W: Also down is great insulating material, as long as you keep it dry. It is realy bad when wet in multiple ways. It gets very heavy, to the point that it could actually damage the garment, and looses much of its insulating property. A down jacket is therefore a great answer, but to only a rather limited set of conditions.
Dec
13
comment Are there any exceptions to the layer principle?
@Mr.W: I grew up in New England with "winter jackets" in the winter, although none of them were down. As I said, I find the windbreaker over wool sweater more comfortable and certainly more versatile. Of course that is a personal preference. I only wore a down jacket briefly once. While very nice and warm, it also felt "puffy", but the real problem was that I got hot in it after just hiking up a moderate hill. Then I had a all or nothing problem. Layers would have been nicer, as I could have removed just part of the insulation.
Dec
13
answered Trail maintenance: what is considered inappropriate when maintaining a trail?
Dec
12
answered Are there any exceptions to the layer principle?
Dec
12
answered The outdoors, solitude and dealing with loneliness
Dec
11
comment Are Ice grips worth buying
Would these things be acceptable to wear indoors on some floor types? If so what types? Or, do you always take them off on entering and put them back on when leaving? How much of a hassle is that if you're carrying a bag of groceries, for example?
Dec
11
answered Are Ice grips worth buying
Dec
11
answered Where can I get Tyvek maps?
Dec
11
awarded  Supporter
Dec
11
comment Should I always take a hard hat if I go scrambling?
Everything is a tradeoff, so never does any harm is just plain wrong. The "harm" in this case includes extra bulk and weight to carry, additional fatigued caused by that, less enjoyment due to shlepping the helmet and possibly wearing it if you don't like helmets, etc. The real question is whether those "harms" are worth it, which I'm not addressing. My point is that knee jerk "always do ..." answers without any discussion of the downside are wrong or misleading at best, this one being no exception.
Dec
10
answered How do you determine current trail conditions before going on a hike?
Dec
9
comment What is a good tool for minor trail maintenance while hiking?
@Russell: Bow saws are definitely more effective than those little folding saws, but I wouldn't want to take a bow saw if I mostly wanted to hike and maybe do a little casual maintenence. The folding saw can be folded and stowed, but a bow saw is a fairly large item, even if light for its size and capabilities.